Building a lifelong career in care
Becoming a carer can be an incredibly rewarding career choice – especially if you’re the kind of person who enjoys making a difference to someone’s life. A job in care is so much more than helping somebody vulnerable to go about their daily routine. It means helping someone feel fulfilled in their life and, ultimately, supporting them in a unique way.
Choosing the homecare path
The one-to-one care service afforded by homecare means you have more time with an individual and more opportunity to build a genuine connection. Those using our homecare services are often looking for companionship as well as personal care and home help. And, being a friend as well as a carer is at the heart of what we do at Choice Care.
The flexible nature of homecare means the person in your care can request the amount of time they would like you to spend in their home, which could include listening to their stories over a cuppa or a walk in the garden, as well as practical duties.
What we look for in a carer
If you’ve decided a career in care is for you, you might be wondering what’s next.
While there are inevitably skills involved in a care job, all we expect from a new team member is a passion to make life better for some of the most vulnerable people in the community – even if you have no care experience. As long as you approach the role with an open heart and mind, we assure you, the rest will fall into place.
Other attributes that will help you on your career path include sensitivity, understanding, patience, an ability to think on your feet, problem solving and an attention to detail.
How we can support your care journey
With over 20 years’ experience in the sector, we can help develop your skills with training with support from our management team as well from the professionals we work with to help us ensure our carers are up to date with the latest training.
When you start, you will receive induction training across a variety of subject areas and complete a number of shifts with a supervisor to get used to your new role. As a new recruit you will also be working on achieving your diploma/NVQ qualification in care, which takes between 6 and 9 months to complete.
The wealth of free adult social care courses provided by the government means you’ll have plenty of resources to build up your knowledge and skills to further set you up for a fulfilling career in care. Among those are courses that will allow you to work towards your adult social care certificate, along with specialist care subjects should you want to increase your opportunities within the adult care sector.
Going the distance
With dedication and passion, you can turn your care role into a satisfying, lifelong career. And as long as you share our compassionate values, we’ll be with you every step of the way.
Let our very own National Carer of the Year 2017 inspire you. Mini Patel began his care role with no experience, just a passion to help others. Just three years later, he beat nationwide competition to win the prestigious title.
If you’re looking to launch a care career in Blackburn, don’t hesitate to contact us on 01254 504905 and make it happen today!